FL: Tax refund fraud scheme involved two insiders misusing databases

WTXL reports that five people have been indicted in a tax refund fraud scheme that included two employees misusing their access to databases.

One of those indicted, Katrina Pratt, had been an administrative assistant in human resources at Florida A & M University (FAMU), and allegedly used the identities of 40 students there as part of the scheme.

Another one of those indicted was a current Osceola County Deputy Sheriff, Titus Lee Dixon. The SunSentinel reports that he was placed on administrative leave when the Internal Revenue Service alerted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office about the investigation last December. He is charged with misusing Florida law enforcement databases to obtain identify information for the scheme.

There were about 150 victims of the scheme.

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